Terrible install problems in Windows XP(and others too...) from scratch

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benighted

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So i got this old pc for free.. It was working fine for sometime but then the OS stopped working. So i tried reinstalling all that business (i tried installing Win 98Se, Win2000 and WinXP home). During the first stage of copying the system files both Win 2000 and Win XP installations give numerous errors reading the CD and failing to install some of those files. I am certain that it's not the CD-Drive because i tried using it on my other machine and it worked perfectly. In some cases the installation finished, but the actual OS shoots out numerous errors such as Explorer errors and InstallShield failure to load. In some cases (the behaviour is very random) WinXp and Win2000 show those STOP error screens.

So the specs are:
440bx chipset motherboard with a P3 550 and 256 sdram. Seagate 40gb hdd. i know it's old, but for some reason i would like to keep it.

Any help on this matter would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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memory chips perhaps having issues
if you have 2 chips, pull one out and try again......
 
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Actually sounds hard drive related.. why did the original OS on the machine dump out. Might want to consider the fact the hard drive may have bad sectors and the instalation of the new OS cant copy to the bad sectors.. just a thought.
 

benighted

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Nah, can't be, i used my other machine to install Windows on this HDD and it went fine, i think i'm gonna check the memory with some util.
 
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